3rd Shabanul Mujam 1436 | Friday, May 22, 2015

Pranab Mukherjee wishes nation on new year

President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday sent his good wishes to the nation on the eve of new year with a message that a new beginning should be made to usher peace by ringing out violence and suffering.

"On the joyous occasion of New Year, I convey my warmest greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens in India and abroad. May the dawn of New Year, inspire all of us to strive for the creation of an enlightened society where knowledge is converted into social good and economic wealth. May the spirit of innovation ignite the young minds of our nation.

AP police installs 500 new CCTVs under 'Safe City' project

City project, Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police (DGP) B Prasada Rao on Tuesday said.

"The actual requirement in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad and Cyberabad Commissionerate is 3,000 plus and gradually we will scale up the CCTV installation to that level," Prasada Rao told reporters here.

The state government had in June promulgated 'AP Public Safety (Measures) Enforcement Act-2013', which makes it mandatory to put in place certain public safety measures in all establishments in view of recurring incidents of terror attack in the city.

Rains lash parts of UP, give slight relief from cold

Light to moderate rains drenched a few places in western parts of Uttar Pradesh, causing temperatures to rise slightly, even as the weather remained mainly dry in eastern parts of the state.

Bareilly, Jhansi, Agra, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur and Orai each recorded 1 cm rainfall, MeT department said.

The minimum temperature rose largely in Meerut, Kanpur, Lucknow and Agra divisions and rose markedly in Moradabad division.

It rose appreciably in Faizabad, Allahabad, Bareilly and Jhansi divisions and rose in Gorakhpur and Varanasi divisions.

Congress's Mateen Ahmed is Delhi's pro-tem speaker

Congress legislator Mateen Ahmed will be the pro-tem speaker of the Delhi assembly, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Tuesday.

"We proposed his (Ahmed's) name... he will be the pro-tem speaker," Kejriwal told reporters.

The names of Bharatiya Janata Party leader Jagdish Mukhi and Janata Dal-United legislator Shoaib Iqbal were also proposed but both of them declined, Kejriwal said.

The pro-tem speaker administers the oath to all newly-elected legislators and presides over the assembly until a new speaker is elected.

Trade festival held in Assam to promote entrepreneurship

The Indian Institute of Enterpreneurship organised a trade festival here to promote entrepreneurship and provide impetus to small businesses in the region. The festival aims to provide sustainable livelihood to the micro and small businesses, targeting the households and rural sectors of the region. Organisers hope that the initiative would provide a platform to the various businesses to understand the market needs and have direct interactions with buyers besides selling their products.

BJP youth wing protests against Himachal CM in front of Rahul’s house

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) youth wing, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, on Tuesday protested in front of Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s house here, condemning Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been accused of graft. The protestors gathered in front of Rahul’s 12, Tughlak Lane residence, and raised anti-Congress slogans. Some even tried to cross the steel and iron barricades. The protestors led by BJP leader and BJYM president Anurag Thakur, demanded action against Virbhadra Singh.

After water, electricity rates slashed by 50 percent in Delhi

The Delhi Government on Tuesday decided to slash the electricity rates in the city by 50 percent. The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Addressing a press conference after the end of the Cabinet meeting, Kejriwal announced, “Till the time the audit of the power distribution companies is completed, we had a cabinet meeting and we discussed how we can provide relief to the poor people of Delhi. It was decided that the rates from 0-200 and 201-400 units consumption of electricity, will slashed by 50 percent.

Kejriwal meets CAG, discusses possible audit of power discoms

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal met Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) Shashi Kant Sharma on Tuesday and is reported to have discussed ways to go about auditing the finances of the three private power distribution companies that supply power across the national capital.

Though a final decision is to be taken by the Delhi Cabinet on the issue later this evening, Kejriwal is reported to have given the power discoms less than 24 hours to state in writing why they should or should not be audited.

US population growth rate slowest in decades

An expert has revealed that America’s population is growing at its slowest rate in decades, blaming it on its sluggish economy.

The US population grew by just 0.72 percent in the year ended July 1, 2013, according to the Census Bureau. That’s the slowest growth rate since 1937, the Huffington Post reported.

Population growth has hovered at super-low levels for the past few years, according to William Frey, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan research organization.

India awaits authorised US response, to pursue privilege issue

Ignoring assertions by unnamed US officials that the case against senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade will not be withdrawn, India today said it would continue to "seriously" pursue any misuse of diplomatic privileges by the US diplomats in India.

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